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Labyrinth
The Fair Sex

Labyrinth

A trio of new CDs have emerged from California's Van Richter Records. Foremost among them is the Fair Sex's second release, "Labyrinth". "Labyrinth" is a set of sixteen electronic dance-oriented pieces. Like much of the bands in this genre, the center of their sound is derived from the early pioneering done by Kraftwerk, mixed with the heavier electropop of the eighties and the harsh electro sound of the nineties. Many of their songs feature live and sampled guitars, thus giving them a much fuller sound than that often provided by sequential electronics alone. Fair Sex's music works in flow motion. This is accomplished in two ways. The flow of songs such as "Electronic New Self" and "Cyberbite" comes from the multiple layering of their staccato rhythms. The bass line is fluid, inextricably linked to the beat, that pushes the piece along smoothly rather than aggressively. The second method is to use guitars. Guitars can punctuate certain aspects of the sound, but even more so, they can create a steady chord river that smooths out the rough edges left by the had percolative rhythms. Recommended tracks include "Get Lost", "Miss Dissatisfied", and especially "Madadonia", with its synthetic string quartet weaving its way behind the flowing buzz guitars and rolling tempo

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